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04 Nov 2011

Forgotten Letters

Forgotten Letters, an anthology of literature by dyslexic writers, is the first of its kind: promoting the creativity of dyslexic writers. Edited by Naomi Folb, the founder and owner of RASP publishing, Forgotten Letters includes poems and works from both renowned and emerging writers with dyslexia, such as Thomas G. West - described as 'the best of the best', Benjamin Zephaniah - voted the nation’s third favourite poet of all time in a BBC poll in 2009, Billy Childish - co-founder of Stuckism Art Movement and many other successful writers, including Caroline Gardner (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caroline-Gardner-BA-/193834645381), who has contributed to four previous Forward Poetry anthologies. Margaret Atwood is one of the sponsors of this anthology. Copies have been pre-requested by New York City Library. Even the Queen has sent her “warm good wishes to everyone” involved in the books launch. Professor Galaburda, a leading professor of dyslexia at Harvard University enthusiastically recommends the anthology:"I find it to be marvellous. There is so much intensity in it that it must be hot to the touch. I will keep reading." The Dyslexia Think Tank board vice chairman and creative director, Kristi Frlekin, says she is “especially proud to promote this terrific project”, she along with the Dyslexia Think Tank chairman, Rose Kuntz, are visiting London specifically for the launch night. The CEO of Cyprus Well, the literature development agency for South West England, has also been greatly supportive of the project.

The launch night for Forgotten Letters was in central London at Theatro Technis on November 2nd 2011, during Dyslexia Awareness Week: 31st October 2011 to 6th November 2011. The guest speakers at the book launch were Rebecca Loncraine and Benedict Phillips. Rebecca did her PhD at Oxford, and she has recently published a biography Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz. Benedict is an artist and works on the idea of 3d thinking. This year he spoke at Cheltenham Science Festival and the V&A. Both are dyslexic. Both are extraordinarily creative and talked about how they perceive dyslexia to influence and shape their practice. The launch is part of a bigger, annual dyslexia festival, DYS-PLA, which will take place over this week and will bring together dyslexic writers, artists, performers and creatives to network and showcase their work. Forgotten Letters can be purchased online through the publisher’s website: www.r-a-s-p.co.uk.

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